Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy.
From the onset of this situation, we have been listening to the appropriate sources for accurate and up-to-date information, and our preparedness plan reflects those inputs. As things evolve, we are actively monitoring the situation and assessing risks, and are ready to implement immediate changes to ensure a high level of safety. We will continue to communicate with you in a timely and transparent way.
What We’re Doing:
• We are introducing rigorous additional cleaning procedures, and are cleaning furniture, surfaces and commonly-used items such as pens. We began cleaning all pens after each use at the beginning of flu season. We are also switching to paper cups for water/coffee/tea, and trading handshakes and hugs for fist-bumps or air hugs.
• We are working around the clock to ensure our patients have access to the products they want and need, especially immune-boosting supplements that help keep their families safe and well. We put together our favorite “Immune-Boosting Trio” for this purpose, which is available at the office, or can be ordered by phone and shipped. We have implemented limits on those in-demand items so that everyone has an opportunity to obtain them as long as they are available.
• We are monitoring new developments so that we can quickly adapt and continue to provide the products you need and the best possible care in our office. If you feel more comfortable doing your appointment with Dr. George by phone or Zoom, please call and let us know. If you are sick with a dry cough, shortness of breath, or fever, please contact your primary care physician. We are not able to test for COVID-19, and are not set up for acute care.
Please do not come to the office if you are sick with any upper-respiratory symptoms. Consider self-quarantine instead.
While we remain diligent, it will take a collective effort. We advise our patients to continue to monitor the situation and stay tuned to your local authorities and their ongoing communications.
Below is a list of official websites to help keep you informed:
General info from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
General info from the WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Additionally, below are the present recommendations from the CDC.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Our patients are the heart of our office, and we are here to support you in any way we can. We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we remain deeply committed to the safety of our patients, staff, and communities.
Please take care of yourselves and each other,
Dr. George and the VIDA staff